The Logan County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Logan County Humane Society and Logan County Animal Control, took into custody 26 dogs from an Olmstead home Friday morning that appeared to be severely neglected.
The Humane Society contacted authorities Thursday afternoon after receiving a tip telling of a home on Kenny Stratton Road that appeared to house numerous dogs looking as if they were starving. Animal Control Officer Travis Kodiak responded to the complaint at the residence of Dale Boyd.
Kodiak said when he arrived Thursday, he saw several dogs that look malnourished on the outside of the home, and could also tell there were several dogs barking on the inside of the home. He could not, however, get anyone to come to the door. Kodiak returned later with a sheriff’s deputy, only to find the front door had been padlocked.
Authorities contacted Boyd, spoke with him, and returned to the residence Friday morning to take the dogs. Boyd said he had been feeding the dogs, but said they lose weight in the winter time and get fatter in the summer.
Dogs were being kept inside the home and in an enclosure around the back and side of the house. Hodgepodge fencing and wooden pallets were used to keep them in. There was also a Boxer breed tied to a post with a log chain several feet away from the home. The ribs, backbones and pelvis of many of the dogs could visibly be seen.
Humane Society Director Kathy Maddox, who was on scene to take the animals with society volunteers, said the dogs were in bad shape. “It’s always difficult to see animals treated this way,” said Maddox. “They are helpless. It’s just terrible.”
The 26 dogs were loaded in the Humane Society’s transport truck, along with the Animal Control vehicle and taken to the Logan County shelter to be housed. County attorney Joe Ross will be handling the case. At this time, the society will have to care for the dogs until hearing otherwise from Ross.
Local veterinarians John Todd of the Logan County Animal Clinic and Beth Tabor of Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital, both agreed to come check the animals out after arriving at the shelter.
“We will introduce them to food as soon as we get them settled, but we will have to do it slowly, because they could get sick if they ate to fast and to much after going without,” said Maddox.
The fate of these dogs will be in the hands of the court system. At this time, an official complaint has been filed, but no official charges have been made. They are expected, however.